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Journalism Awards

Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards


The Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards 2021 are now closed.

The winners of the awards will be announced on 18th August 2021.

Universities Australia is the peak industry body representing Australia’s universities.
Universities Australia has partnered with the National Press Club of Australia to present annual higher education media awards that reward and recognise excellent journalism and communication on key issues in higher education including the economic and social benefits from Australia’s universities to the nation, government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and the community.

The awards are open to employed and freelance media professionals, or writing and production teams, who write or broadcast on higher education policy, university teaching and research, or on the work of individual academics and institutions.

UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA HIGHER EDUCATION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the person or team who has submitted the most outstanding news reporting or analysis in higher education journalism this year, as demonstrated through the highest standards of accuracy, insight, fairness and balance, impact, integrity, and excellent writing.

CRITERIA:
Awarded to the entry that best explains the impact of higher education policies through high-quality reporting or commentary.
• Entries can be print, broadcast, digital or other online.
• The entry should be a significant contribution to broadening public awareness of the work of universities, their staff and students and the role that universities play in Australia’s prosperity.

Prize: $10,000

THE UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN UNIVERSITY RESEARCH REPORTING
Awarded to the entry that best deepens the insight of a lay audience about promising breakthroughs in university research.
Open to generalist as well as sector journalists, the winning entry should be a significant contribution to explain the work of university researchers – including the significance, application or potential of a particular piece of university research.

CRITERIA:
A story or series that clearly and accurately communicates the technical detail of a piece of university research, discovery or breakthrough — its significance, application or potential — in a way that a lay audience can understand.
• Entries can be print, broadcast, digital or other online.
• Places the university research or breakthrough in a broader context, including the value of the research to the Australian economy and/or community.

Prize: $5,000

Universities Australia Higher Education Media Awards Winners

2009

Luke Slattery

The Australian

2010

John Ross

Campus Review

2011

Elizabeth Finkel

Cosmos Magazine

2012

Bernard Lane

The Australian

2013

Joanna Mather

Australian Financial Review

2014

Tim Dodd

Australian Financial Review

2015

Amy McNeilage and Lisa Valentin

Sydney Morning Herald

2016

Kylar Loussikian

The Australian

2017

Kylar Loussikian

The Australian

2018

John Ross

The Australian

2019

Anton Crace

The PIE Review

Wilson da Silva is named the 2020 Higher Education Journalist of the Year.
2020

Wilson da Silva

Australian Geographic

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